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Why Choose Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland?

The perfect location for collaboration and ranked in the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.

Our Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric and oceanic science has been designed to teach broad-based knowledge in meteorology, oceanography, climate and air pollution. 


The degree satisfies the requirements for federal service positions as a meteorologist or oceanographer and also follows the American Meteorological Society's statement on bachelor's degrees in Atmospheric Science. 

Our department offers three different minor tracks for undergraduate students: meteorology, atmospheric science, and atmospheric chemistry.


These courses focus on the fundamentals of our field and are usually sufficient to obtain a job in the field or admission to graduate school in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences.


Our graduate program is one of the few in the country that provides both excellent academics and proximity to government agencies, creating opportunities for research collaboration and future employment.


Our MS/PhD program is typically for full-time students who work intensively with an advisor within the department to complete a significant research project during the course of their degree. 

This program is designed for meteorologists, oceanographers and environmental scientists who are working professionals.


Our students gain cutting-edge skills and knowledge in atmospheric and oceanic science, computational methods used in the field, and air quality science.